Do you want to contribute to improving human health?

The mission at the unit Metals and Health is to identify toxic effects of metals in the general population and in the work environment, and to understand causal relationships of metal exposures with development and later life disease, and associated mechanisms of action. We work with both epidemiological and experimental studies and have a well-established trace element laboratory at the unit. We are now recruiting a Research Assistant who will work with Associate Professors Maria Kippler, Emma Wincent, and Kristian Dreij on projects related to the impact of metals, metals mixtures, and PAHs on development and growth.

Your mission

The project is centered upon identifying the impact of early-life exposure to metals and PAHs on molecular pathways associated to development and how these changes impacts growth, using zebrafish as experimental model in combination with epidemiological data. Expected starting date is July-August 2023. The position is a full-time position and the employment is for maximum of twelve months.

Your profile

We are looking for an ambitious, highly motivated individual with a solid background in toxicology at master’s level. Previous experience of working with zebrafish as an experimental model is required, as well as experience in assessing effects on zebrafish development and growth by morphometric analysis using microscopy, RNA extraction and bioinformatics analysis of RNA sequencing data, and toxicokinetic modelling. Experience of metal analyses using ICP-MS and epidemiological data analysis using STATA are considered advantageous.

The candidate must be able to work within a team of scientists from different disciplines and nationalities, and fluency in English, both written and oral, is a requirement.

Qualified to be employed as a research assistant is a candidate who has obtained a master’s degree latest at the start of the employment. Applicants who have not completed a master’s degree at the end of the application period may also apply, provided that all requirements for a completed degree are met before the (intended) date of employment. This must be substantiated by the applicant's master program director, study director or equivalent.  

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment with wide-ranging expertise and interests. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is also a state university, which entitles you to several good benefits through our collective agreement. And you get to practice freely in our modern wellness facilities, where trained staff are on site.

Location: Solna




The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.In this recruitment, you will apply with your CV without a personal letter. Instead, you will answer some questions about why you are applying for the job in the application form. 

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-2052/2023
  • Maria Kippler,
  • Emma Wincent,
Union representative
  • Anne Boström, SEKO, 08-52487579,
  • Niklas Andersson, OFR, 08-52487419,
  • Anda Gliga och Nanna Fyhrquist, SACO-S,,
Published 22.May.2023
Last application date 05.Jun.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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